Some homeowners south of San Antonio’s downtown fear they will lose their homes after becoming aware of the increasing property values in their neighborhood. Apparently, the appraisal amounts for several houses along Lone Star Boulevard south of downtown SA have jumped 70% to 90% in value in five years.
A WOAI radio news report in 2016 showed the average San Antonio taxpayer owes $3300 toward the city’s long term debt as the municipal debt balloons. Couple that with school district, college district, health district, county, state and federal taxes and fees. This municipal money is for the maintenance of basic government services like, fire and police and streets and sidewalks.
Amid the endless gridlock and internal bickering in Washington, the Republican Congress has a real opportunity to do some good for the American people. Americans want lower taxes, and a simpler way to pay them. What we do not want is higher taxes, especially on goods we buy each and every day.
Republican leadership, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, are proposing what they call a “Border Adjustment Tax,” or as I call it, the “American Middle Class Consumer Tax.” This new tax would hit small businesses and consumers the hardest, raising the price on everything from food and clothing, to gasoline and motor vehicles, all for the benefit of large corporations who already exploit the complicated tax system and pay effectively no taxes at all. Imagine tacking on an extra 35 cents a gallon on your next fill-up for gas. Imagine the price of food, already rising rapidly, shooting up 10% or more in just a couple weeks. When Congress introduces new taxes, you had better bet it’s us, the American middle class, the small business owners, and young families struggling to make ends meet who will pay the price.
Instead of picking winners and losers, Congress should focus on lowering rates for everyone, eliminating corporate loopholes, and simplifying the tax code for both families and businesses. The American people need a consistent, stable economy where they can thrive by buying the goods they need, while saving money for a rainy day. The “Border Adjustment Tax” is just another tax on middle and low income families with a fancy name.
Republicans from Texas should be leading the fight for tax reform and opposing the new “American Middle Class Consumer Tax.” I hope to see my Congressman Will Hurd of San Antonio standing up for us in Washington by putting our community first, not big corporations. This is exactly what the American people elected President Trump and a Republican Congress to do last November, and there will be consequences should they fail.
City budget plannering information shared in community meetings is incomplete and misleading. Partial disclosures and diverted attention to narrow, nondescript budget areas mark how the attention of those attending is lead to focus on accepting the plan to keep taxes high.
There are many sources and uses for government revenue and countless ways to obscure them from public view. The most common approach for hiding the total cost of any given expense category is to divide and disburse expenditures across several operational units. Travel is one glaring example, but another came to light during last night's meeting, cyber security. "$50K won't buy much", one citizen quipped, not realizing the budget line item he referenced was not the whole truth.
In matters of local and state elections, are your candidates “Globalists” or “Localist”?
A Globalist is someone The places the interests of the entire world above those of individual nations or citizens. A Localist is someone who places their interests on what is happening in their home and their community.
Globalists feel it is important to “compete” in the world market by allowing businesses to sell abroad, however the tradeoff is that cheap foreign goods are allowed to be sold locally. This hurts local small businesses that cannot compete with cheap foreign goods.